In 2021 Impact Hub Phnom Penh collaborated with Voice through Oxfam in Cambodia successfully organize NOW-Us! Award for the first time in Cambodia! We awarded the winners NEARY, SAORI and SafespaceBTB, who have been generating impacts in their local community in Phnom Penh, Kompong Thom, Battambang and around the world!

This year everything happened offline! Within the spam of 3 months, indentifeid 10 representing 5 rightholders groups that have ongoing initiatives that address issues through innovative and inclusive project. The 10 teams joined the 5 days Bootcamp in Phnom Penh, as they went undergo intensive training with excuses and worksheets to identify the cause root issue related to their rightsholder group through our problem tree session, then create and plan their innovative project to solve the problem with support from our lead trainer and expert mentors to strengthen their project management skills, financial management skills and advocacy skills.

NOW-Us! Poster 2022

Throughout the 3 months, after finishing the Bootcamp, the team meets with their mentors and ambassadors to further develop their project idea, build a pitch deck and do mock pitches to prepare for the award ceremony. The award ceremony was held at the Factory Phnom Penh on the 1st of Sept ceremony celebrating the world sexual health day and international day of suicide prevention. 10 teams walk up stage and pitch their project to 5 jury members from non-profit organizations working within the sector of inclusion and diversity, through vigorous deliberations of the juries, 3 team was awarded.

Our top 4 team in NOW-Us! Award Cambodia 2022

1st place award

Awarded 1st place, “Obrom Akarkam Digital” by Phum Asia Youth Center took first place where their idea is to nurture Kuy indigenous youths to adapt to digital societal modernization and the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

2nd place award

Awarded 2nd place, The second place goes to Cambodia Sign Language for All with a mission to provide equal access to information for people with hearing disabilities while promoting self-learning sign languages.

3rd place award

Awarded 3rd place, “Pka Sla Ekareach” by the Arts and Mental Health Project took third place, where their mission is to mentally support stigmatized single women prone to harassment by conducting an art festival.

4th place award

As a surprise, Impact Hub Phnom Penh and Voice through Oxfam in Cambodia have selected another winner through popular voting, La CHHOUK’s “Srolanh Kon Jea Kon,” which aims to promote awareness of gender diversity among parents of LGBTQ+ children.

Besides the 4 Awardees, our 6 amazing teams who are also a part of NOW-Us are

Breakthrough Film Festival is an initiative under the Breakthrough Movement – an open platform promoting gender equality through storytelling and sharing of experiences, especially for women and young girls who face gender-based violence and overcome negative gender norms.

Do not be afraid of me  is created under the Cambodian Association of Hansen People with Disability, which aims to raise awareness of Hansen’s illness among the young population in Cambodia to eliminate discrimination against victims of Hansen’s illness and change the stigma in our society.

Spean Jomnorn, by Cambodian Youth for Research, is a campaign that aims to eliminate age discrimination in Cambodia by providing a platform to meaningfully connect the young population with the elderly, hoping to achieve social harmony.

Kampuchea Sela Handicap is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to empower youth with intellectual disabilities to become independent and receive job opportunities, through teaching foundation skills to the youth (aged 18 to 35) to receive skillsets and be able to participate in our society fully.

Kdei Karuna Organization is an initiative focused on survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime, which aims to strengthen survivors’ capacity and soft skills to become active community facilitators to address the challenges in their communities left over from the genocide.

WISH is an initiative under Proshop to raise awareness of mental well-being and increase access to mental health counseling services for 400 women (18 to 45 years old) living in 6 slum communities, Sangkat Khmuonh, Khan Sen Sok, Phnom Penh.

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